Outfit: One Smiling Photo

Green midi skirt. www.thelotustrail.com

Oh how much I’m looking forward to FALL weather! For all you gals already back in school, I hope you’re off to a great start! It must be so weird to be in school even before labor day (sooo different from when I was in school).

I’m already saving my spare money for some fall essentials like a jacket and boots. There’s so many sales happening right now, but I beg you to HOLD OFF! Save for those items you’ll need in the colder months coming up :)

And also, I apologize for only having this one outfit photo to show you. I was prepared all weekend to do a photoshoot with my hubby (who’s my awesome photographer), but we just kept getting distracted. By what you ask? Well, mostly going out to eat and hanging out together, lol. I only request for him to take photos when the timing is right, ya know? I don’t want to interrupt the fun of the day.

I guess this post can be a lesson in “asking”. Sometimes we just have to wait for the right moment to ask. Whether it’s asking someone to take our photo or something much more important, it’s always going to require kindness and gratitude.

Hope your Wednesday is going well!

Outfit Details: Sweater: JCrew  // Skirt: Fleet Collection  //  Heels: Chinese Laundry  //  Necklace: New York & Company  //  Bracelet: Banana Republic Outlet

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Lotus Letters: Expanding Our Bubbles

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Dear Little Lotus,

I was walking around Little Tokyo last weekend (have you ever been there?) and was immediately reminded of you.

The little shops carried the most adorable trinkets – teapots, cartoon characters, sour candies, bright parasols, & pandas!

For dinner we had sushi, ramen noodles, and the most mouthwatering potstickers.

We browsed a shoe store and discovered the most incredible color combinations, laid-back styles, and fun prints.

We ate green tea and strawberry mochi-lato (a mix of mochi ice cream and gelato). Almost died of happiness!

All the while I was entranced by the beauty of the Japanese culture. Some girls crossed the street wearing beautiful colorful kimonos. Apparently there’s a kimono fashion show in a nearby hotel. Wouldn’t that be so cool to sit front row?

We can live in our own little bubbles sometimes, and miss the beauty of the world around us. One of the best times of my life so far was when I got to travel in college. Stepping outside my own little part of the world made me feel so small yet so fulfilled.

And that’s how I feel today, now that you and I are becoming good friends. I feel like my world is expanding little by little, one friend at a time. Maybe you and I have met in person before and maybe we will in the future, but being online buddies is a joy, too.

Let’s stay close, k?

With style and class, always,

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6 Tips for a Breezy Morning Routine

designEver wake up late and find yourself scrambling to find an outfit for the day, last night’s homework, and a bite to eat before you rush off to school? I know I’ve been there and boy do I hate when I’m rushed!

One of the hardest things about starting a new back-to-school routine is waking up and allowing yourself plenty of time to get ready with ease. Speaking from someone with experience (who had a mom that also laid it down!), I’ve compiled a few tips to make your mornings a little smoother.

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#1) Prepare your backpack – Once you’re done with all your homework, neatly put away all your supplies and pack up your school essentials so they are ready to go in the morning. I am a HUGE advocate for preparing as much as possible the night before, and this step is totally necessary.

#2) Lay out your outfit for the day – I know it’s super fun getting dressed according to your “mood” but this tip will save you a TON of time in the morning. Think about what you want to wear the next day, do all the necessary ironing, etc. and lay it out so it’s ready to just throw on. (And for all you girls who attended my e-camp, remember the “creating outfits” techniques that I taught you!)

#3) Place your alarm clock on the other side of the room – This will ensure that you don’t hit the snooze button! Instead, you have no choice but to crawl our of bed and turn it off.

morning of#4) Wake up with gratitude, not resistance – I recently heard someone say a phrase that has been stamped in my mind ever since: the alarm is God’s first gift to you. Instead of waiting till the last possible minute to get up, we should be excited that we have a whole day ahead of us! If we have this mindset, it can actually set the tone for the rest of our day.

#5) Eat a good breakfast – My mom was the enforcer of this rule in our house. Even if we were running late, she never let us leave without sitting down to eat. Remember that this is the most important meal of the day (it kick-starts your metabolism, provides fuel for your brain, gives you energy and nutrition…), and it can actually be a few minutes of relaxation with your family before the events of the day.

#6) Take one final look in the mirror – We want to always look our best, and there’s nothing worse than finding out at lunchtime that you’ve had those little eye crusties all day! So before you head out, take a quick scan of your face and outfit, catching any unwanted lint or flyaway hairs.

I hope these tips will help your mornings go as smooth as possible. And have a great school-year, lovelies!

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